Originally written July 22, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Man Down I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Seattle Seahawks are in for one heck of a year. Predicted to finish first or second in the NFC West and be one of the frontrunners for the Super Bowl this year, many believe the Seahawks have what it takes to bring glory to the Emerald City. And with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, and Kam Chancellor leading the way, it’s not hard to see why. A season that is quickly becoming the most hyped in team history, there’s not much doubt surrounding this team. Wilson proved himself to be an elite quarterback in his first year, Lynch should keep pounding the ball up the middle, the Legion of Boom will return in full force and more menacing than ever, and Harvin will give the Seahawks’ offense a new dynamic that will have defensive coordinators pulling out their hair. With that said, in the back of every Seahawk fans mind lies the faintest doubt about this season. There are certain scenarios that, should they play out, would likely derail what is anticipated as being a dream season in Seattle. From the San Francisco 49ers becoming one of the greatest teams of all time and being too much for the Seahawks to the Rams contending in the NFC West to the injury bug biting Seattle, there are plenty of ways the hype surrounding 2013 could be squashed. And while many of those scenarios are viable and could very well happen, I believe that the worst case scenario for Seattle in 2013 would be if Russell Wilson goes down. Russell Wilson will determine Seattle’s success in 2013 (Photo: Google) Let’s break this down Last year Wilson was phenomenal Outplaying fellow rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III while being the last remaining rookie quarterback in the playoffs, Russell allowed the Seahawks to innovate their offense and establish a dominance on the offensive side of the ball that had been lacking in Seattle for the past few seasons. Implementing a hurry-up and spread/read-option attack, Wilson and the Hawks torched opposing defenses throughout the second half of the season while vaulting themselves into the playoffs. Though the season did end a little earlier than most Hawks fans would have liked, 2012 was a great launching point for the future. Last year showed the NFL that the Seahawks are back and ready to make an impact. As mentioned previously, 2013 is looking to be Seattle’s year. Though they will have to contend with San Francisco in the division, Wilson and the Hawks are primed to make a run at the Super Bowl. However, as is my belief, should Wilson go down, Seattle’s season will fall apart. Now while him being sidelined for a game or two (especially early on) won’t create a devastating scenario for Seattle, should Wilson go down for 4-5 games or towards the end of the year, don’t expect the Seahawks to meet their lofty expectations. Here’s to hoping the only time we’ll see Quinn/Jackson is in garbage time Backup Toolbox It’s simple to say why that would happen, too, as both Brady Quinn and Tarvaris Jackson, who are currently in a competition for the backup QB spot, don’t have the same tools as Wilson (once again, this is an obvious point, as if they could play like Wilson, they would be starting for another team). But it’s more than the two of them lacking the same skill as Wilson, it’s the aura that they bring to the field as well. While Quinn does have some poise to him and could potentially still command the offense, Seattle fans should remember quite well how inept Jackson was at leading the Seahawks in the past. Though there would be a plethora of weapons around him, Jackson would likely spike the ball into the ground, punt it the opposite way, or just hand it off to an opposing linebacker (as you can see, I’m not a fan of Tavaris). Quinn, on the other hand, has failed to live up to his hype and doesn’t have the mobility of Jackson or Wilson. He’d likely distribute the ball better to his offensive weapons than Jackson, but I still see him going 2-2 or 1-3 over a four-game span, should the need arise. But, despite how disastrous it would be for the Seahawks should Wilson go down, at this point (luckily), that is all speculation. Heading into training camp it appears as though Wilson is going to be better than ever and will be ready to lead the Seahawks in 2013. Here’s to hoping the only time we’ll see Quinn/Jackson is in garbage time when Seattle is trouncing the 49ers 38-7. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!

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